The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam is part of the criteria used to determine admittance into the School of Nursing. Please check with the School of Nursing to see if the TEAS exam is required for admission to your program. This is a computerized test covering reading, math, science, and English language/usage. Calculators are not permitted on this test.
This guide provides an overview of approaches to studying for standardized test in general and links and resources specific to the TEAS exam, along with some information about what to do to prepare during study if you are interested in working with a tutor.
About the TEAS
Both print and online. Print materials are held at the Information Desk on the 1st floor of the library and can be checked out with a Spalding University ID for up to 2-4 hours to use in the library.
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Step 1: Familiarize Yourself with the Test
Find books and read online to become familiar with the types of questions and answers that are on the test. Spend time learning what the test is looking to measure and how it does so. Familiarize yourself with the scoring methods of the test, time limits, and what sources (if any) you can use when taking the test.
Step 2: Take Practice Tests & Assess Yourself
Assess where you are in the test-prep process. An easy way to do this is to take a test, preferably a book test that provides the answers. After the test is complete, score the test and keep track of which answers were incorrect. This will provide a good baseline for your direction of study and allow you to begin focusing on specific test elements as opposed to studying things you are already confident in.
Spend time taking practice test at regular intervals. Set aside a day and time when you can take a practice test to re-evaluate where you stand in the test-prep process. Doing full-length tests helps you to not only become more familiar with the test’s questions and answers, but also gives you a feel for your pacing during the test. This can help assess how long you need to spend on each question during the actual test.
Step 3: Gather Resources & Study Daily
Find up-to-date resources for study. These can be anything from books to online tests to study apps for mobile devices. The university library has books and online resources for tests. The public library often has test prep books as well.
If you know you are going to be taking the test on a specific date or have yet to schedule a test date, give yourself plenty of time. Studying for a standardized test requires daily preparation. Spend blocks of time each day studying test elements that you are not confident in (see self-assessment to determine areas of confidence). Find a schedule that works for you and find a rhythm of study that works for you. When frustration, boredom, or lack of focus sets in, move on to something else. Don’t force it. Daily study also keeps information fresh and familiar. Taking several days off can require you to return to previously studied material.
Step 4: Teach Yourself
Spend time with the information and the types of test questions until you are confident. Practice answering questions and explaining to yourself or someone else why the answer is correct and why other answers are wrong. Pretend you are trying to teach someone else the material. Being able to articulate why answers are right and wrong shows a true understanding of material.